"Kara"
by Patty Patterson

 

Kara was different. Because she was born with a handicap, she couldnít walk or run like the other children. And because her speech was also effected, she couldnít speak clearly either. Yes, Kara was very different than the other children. But deep down inside, Kara was also very much the same. She needed so much to be loved and accepted, yet other children were often quick to push her away.

An opportunity came for Kara to attend church camp. She had a new motorized wheelchair and the camp was handicap accessible, so getting around wouldnít be much of a problem. Kara was anxious, but after giving it a lot of careful consideration, she decided to go. She was so excited.

Her mother would be going to drop her off and help her unpack and then she would be on her own for a whole week. Well, there would be a counselor down the hall, but to Kara, this was still a major step of independence.

Kara managed well. She was able to get her shower, get dressed and get to and from the dining hall with no major problems. She kept up with the camp schedule even when it meant sitting on the sidelines while the other children played basketball or volleyball. She was determined to stay with her group throughout the day, hoping eventually she would find a friend.

However, the other kids were so cruel. They would often tease her and she was always excluded from group activities.

Finally, on the last day, a banquet was planned. Awards were given to children who excelled in this sport or that. But best of all, anyone who wanted to was given the opportunity to share whatever the Lord had done in their lives during the week. Kara made the most of this opportunity. When she was called upon to share her testimony, she bravely said, "You know, I had my doubts about coming here. In a way I was scared. I was afraid that the other children would make fun of me. And you know what? They did. I was also afraid that no one would want to talk to me or play with me. And you know what? I was right. But Iím still glad I came. Even though most of you avoided me and some of you even made fun of me, I did find one friend.

I found Jesus! And I also came to realize that Iím not the only one here with a handicap. My legs may be paralyzed. They might not work like yours do. And although I donít understand why, Iím glad itís my legs that have no feeling and not my heart."

For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Mat 13:15 KJV